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Drottningholms Slottsteater presents the summer 2013 program

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Drottningholms Slottsteater presents the summer 2013 program

In addition the the well-known summer opera productions The Drottningholm Court Theatre arranges numerous entertaining and educational activities within their Esprit! program, such as concerts by popular and prominent soloists Anne Sofie von Otter, Elin Rombo and the young Russian star Julia Lezhneva, but also a magical family show, The Magic Flute, opera introductions, and much more. 

Appreciated favorites from last season will be back, such as Christopher O'Regan's historical time travel to the era of King Gustaf III, and pop singer Anna Järvinen's interpretation of Marie Antoinette.

"We are incredibly excited to be able to offer such a varied and exciting Esprit! program this summer. Our vision is to reach out to larger and new audiences with both classic and innovative productions. We want more people to discover and enjoy our unique 1700s theater and our joint cultural heritage", says Sofi Lerström, CEO of the Drottningholm Court Theatre.

Season Opening May 25th
The season begins May 25 with concerts, soloist performances, and activities in and around the theatre and in the park. Please see the full Esprit! program here and the calendar of performances here.

Il matrimonio segreto by Cimarosa
The first opera production of the season is Il matrimonio segreto (1792) by Domenico Cimarosa. It is a co-production with the University College of Opera in Stockholm and The Young Artists Programme. Director is Deda Cristina Colonna. Conductor: Mark Tatlow. Premiere May 26. 

Opera introductions and seminars
The appreciated opera introductions will be back. A separate program for the introductions will be presented later. In connection to Il matrimonio segreto a seminar "Cimarosa on Stage" will be arranged by Nordic Network for Early Opera and the research project Performing Premodernity, on May 27. 

Royal Wedding Special
The National Day on June 6 will be celebrated at Drottningholm, anticipating the upcoming Royal wedding of Princess Madeleine of Sweden, with a full program in the park and in the theatre. There will be music and poetry performances and chamber concerts in the Déjeuner salon, a musical parade in the park, activities for children and families, outdoor concerts at the Chinese Pavilion and in the park, and a matinée performance of the opera Il matrimonio segreto. 

Music and magic
A new feature this year is a music and magic show for the whole family with magician Malin Nilsson and violinist Maria Lindal the Drottningholm Theatre Orchestra - Le Petit Spectacle Magique. Other activities for children and youngsters offered this summer are the very popular costume tours "In Gustaf III's footsteps". Premiere June 15. 

Sopranos in concert
World famous Mezzo Soprano Anne Sophie von Otter, performs together with rising star Elin Rombo, Soprano, July 26 and 27. The young Russian Soprano Julia Lezhneva, visits Drottningholm performing her appreciated Mozart program, August 23. 

La Clemenza di Tito with the Swedish Radio Choir
Through a new partnership with The Swedish Radio and Berwaldhallen, the theatre is able to offer Mozart's great opera La Clemenza di Tito (1791) - which contains several of his finest choral movements -  together with the Swedish Radio Choir. Director: Sigrid T'Hooft. In the cast: Richard Croft, Kirsten Blaise, Katija Dragojevic, Luciana Mancini, Elena Galitkaya, Markus Schwartz. Premiere August 11.

The Baltic Sea Festival
The cooperation with Berwaldhallen continues with the Baltic Sea Festival with two performances of The Magic Flute (Die Zauberflöte) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Daniel Harding, with leading Swedish and international singers, such as tenor Andrew Staples. Performances August 26-27.

Tickets are sold through Ticnet www.ticnet.se, except for The Magic Flute that has to be booked through the Berwaldhallen Box Office.   More information on how to book tickets from abroad. 

Press information
For more information about the program, press photos, auditorium, interviews and press tickets please contact Press Officer Carin Balfe Arbman, e-mail carin@balfe-arbman.com, tel. 070-633 35 08

A press briefing with a musical preview of the performance of Il matrimonio segreto will be held Monday, May 20 at 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.. Press photos will be available in our newsroom at MyNewsdesk about a week before the premiere. 


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Drottningholms Slottsteater was built in 1766 at the request of Queen Lovisa Ulrika. The first golden age of the theatre was initiated by King Gustaf III in 1777, up to his death in 1792, when the theatre was closed. The theatre was forgotten for many years, and when rediscovered by literary historian Agne Beijer in 1921, it had been untouched since the end of the 18th century. After replacing the ropes and installing electricity, the magnificent theatre could be reopened. Today the yearly summer Opera Festival offers new productions of 17th and 18th century operas and attracts audiences from all over the world. Since 1979 the Drottningholm Theatre Orchestra has performed on period instruments. In 1991 UNESCO designated the theatre, together with Drottningholm Palace, the Chinese Pavilion and the surrounding park, as being of international cultural heritage significance. www.dtm.se


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